Evening Primrose Oil

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Evening Primrose Oil
People often get confused between omega 3 and 6 oils. Both of these oils are essential for good health but only when a balance between the two is maintained. To know more about these oils and their benefits, keep reading. These oils belong to the family of Essential fatty acids or EFAs. These are required for the healthy functioning of our heart and mind but cannot be synthesized within our body. Thus we need to depend solely on our diet to obtain them. Omega 6 Fatty acids comprise of Linolenic acid, Gamma-linolenic acid, Dihomogamma linolenic acid and Arachidonic acid. Linolenic acid is the omega 6 fat that is most abundantly found in vegetable oils and nuts. Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that comprise of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). While both DHA and EPA fats can be instantly absorbed by our body cells, ALA fats need to be broken down into EPA and DHA to be used by our body. We all know Fish oils are the richest source of Omega 3 fatty acids. They provide both EPA and DHA fats in the natural form and are very beneficial for the effective functioning of each cell in our body. Apart from Fish oils, the major sources of Omega 3 and 6 oils are Flaxseed oil, Canola oil, Sunflower oil, Evening Primrose oil and Walnut oil. Let us discuss about each of these oils in detail. Flaxseed oil is the richest vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids. It contains both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in a ratio of 4:1. By using more flaxseed oil not only will you get good amounts of omega 3 but also various other nutrients such as zinc, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, beta-carotene and calcium. Canola Oil is obtained through the hybridization of rapeseeds and is a rich source of Oleic acid. Unlike fish oils that provide DHA and EPA fats, Canola oil has high ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) content. Canola oil is very low in saturated fats and high in monosaturated fatty acids. It is a heart-friendly oil and is ideal for cooking purposes. Sunflower Oil is rich in both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. However the omega 6 content in these oils is much higher than omega 3 content. They contain unsaturated fats which makes them a popular choice for cooking purposes. Primrose Oil or Black Currant oil is cheaper than other oils and contains both omega 3 as well as omega 6 fatty acids. They are not as popular as other omega 3 and 6 oils, but are useful in treating a variety of disorders. The ideal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids should be around 1:1 to 4:1. However the diets of Western population contain almost negligible amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and primarily consist of omega 6 fats.

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